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Brit Milah - Ritual Circumcision

I was going to put this on the page of how to choose a mohel

 

Dayna felt this was a clear indictment of kushner

 

 

​A few findings from Glantz's 20+ years of practice as a moyel certified by the Jewish Theological Seminary of Conservative Judaism.

 

  • Many mohalim whose only source of income is milah(circumcision), stress you should choose a moyel whose only source of income is brit milah(circumcision).

 

  • Many mohels who perform the actual removal of foreskin bent over baby restrained at the kness by the sandek on his lap, denigrate those mohalim who stand erect and employ the standard in the medical community; a molded apparatus made specifically for this purpose - the circumstraint board.

 

  • Many moyels use this space on their sites to describe who they are to the exclusion of all other moyalim and their methodologies.  

 

Consider for a moment the moyel who states a preference for one who performs ritual circumcision only and holds no other occupation, or that a moyel should perform brit milah several times a day.  Does this moyel mean to assert that he or she was not qualified or preferable before he or she developed the kind of following allowing/causing him or her to give up all other sources of income? 

 

Is the surgeon who consults, provides follow up and/or teaches 4 days a week, and performs surgery only one, more qualified than the one who performs surgery every day of the week until he/she returns home to collapse? 

 

Choose a moyel who you speak to and feel comfortable.  Ask friends, neighbors, rabbis, cantors and other Jewish professionals. 

.וְאֶתְּנָה בְרִיתִי, בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ; וְאַרְבֶּה אוֹתְךָ, בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד 

 

And I will make My covenant between Me and thee,

and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Genesis, Parashat Lech Lecha Chapter 17 Verse 2

 

,זֹאת בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר תִּשְׁמְרוּ, בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם
 .וּבֵין זַרְעֲךָ, אַחֲרֶיךָ:  הִמּוֹל לָכֶם, כָּל-זָכָר